Posts Tagged With: september 11

Sad Stuff, Happy Stuff, & Runspiration

Sad stuff: Today in the States is always a one for reflection. It’s 9/11. That was a sad day. Made even sadder through the fact that at the time I was a producer for a network that made training videos for first responders. I knew a lot of firefighters very well.

At a shoot. I had to get geared up for safety (and for fun).

Years ago at a shoot. I had to get geared up for safety (and for fun).

Happy stuff: Many years later I was flown to NYC by a firefighter friend to make a video about the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. That was an amazing experience. We got to meet some great people from NYFD and shooting some cool stuff around the city.

Brooklyn in da house. Takin it to the bridge.

Brooklyn in da house. Takin it to the bridge.

Fast forward a couple years and I got to produce another video about 9/11. I was also able to incorporate footage we shot in NYC. I’m really proud of this video (it even won an Emmy). Give it a watch if you have a few minutes HERE.

More sad stuff: I just learned that a old friend from high school has passed away from cancer.

He was a senior when I was a freshman. I always looked up to him because he was like all-state or something in Track, Cross Country, and Swimming. I also thought of him a lot because his freshman year of college he had an unfortunate incident which left him as a quadriplegic.



Happy stuff: It never slowed him down. He was always living life to the fullest and inspiring others. You can read his obituary HERE.

He would even come to our high school track meets in his wheelchair and cheer for us. Can you imagine a former champion runner, who was just permanently assigned to a wheelchair, instead of retreating from watching others run, but rather seeking them out?!? Amazing.

Some of my HS friends have been going on tribute runs this week and making makeshift memorials.

From a friend's Facebook page.

From a friend’s Facebook page.

I have many forms of inspiration, but to this day, there was nothing more of a “runspiration” than seeing him sitting behind the fence yelling encouragement. I still think about that on runs sometimes.

Me in high school.

Me in high school.

OK, I hope I balanced enough happy stuff in with the sad. If not, then here’s a bunch of gifs of dudes getting hit in the privates: Enjoy (only if you’re immature).

How bout you? Do you love NYC? Any runspiration stories? Did I balance the sad/happy enough?


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Bucket List Running: New York Edition

So today is 9/11.  Seems like every year the anniversary doesn’t get any less remembered.  But obviously it will.  Especially the younger generations who weren’t alive or were very young when it happened.  There is a group of firefighters that are trying to do something about that.  And as a video producer, I was honored to be part by making the video below.  Watch it if you get a chance, I’m pretty proud.  We shot it in NYC and Texas.  I also edited and wrote the script.  Spent some time on it to make it right.

Anyway, when I was in New York shooting some of the video in this project (the original video was for another project by FireRescue Magazine…they were kind enough to grant permission to use it in this project), I got to check off a bucket list run – Central Park.

What had happened was I met up with some friends who live there.  They like to run too.  They took me to a local running store that had a social run going on one Saturday morning.  It was awesome.  The hosts were very cool and laid back.  They gave us distance options (I chose the 5 miler) and we were off.  I didn’t know where we’d be running, but to my delight, we went to Central Park and through some of the trails there.  It. Was. Awesome.

We ran past weddings, tourists, sun bathers, an actual road race, monuments, hot dog stands, everything you could imagine.  The miles seemed like NOTHING.  I think I had a smile the whole run.

Brooklyn in da house!  Selfie while crossing the bridge (not on the run).

Brooklyn in da house! Selfie while crossing the bridge (not on the run).

Anyways, after the run it was the same as any other run – swap run stories and get breakfast.  Yes!

I’ve been to NYC a few times, but this was the first time to go on a run there, and threw the park no less!  If you ever get a chance, go for it.  This time of year we are all reminded what a magical place New York is, and running there is no less magical.


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My Thoughts on Boston Marathon 2013

I have never run the Boston Marathon.  I may never be able to.  To qualify I’d have to run a 3:10:00 marathon.  That’s 7:15 per mile.  The best I’ve done at a 1/2 marathon is an 8:13 pace.  So I’d have to shave an minute off my current best pace and go twice as far.  I’d have to run at basically my 5k pace for 26.2.  That’s a tall order.  But never say never.  Someday maybe.  It’d be an awesome achievement.  And I have nothing but respect for others who can make it there.

Long before I ever had any inkling about running these distances, I still knew what the Boston Marathon was.  It’s a storied event, known worldwide.  And around this same time in my life, I actually saw the finish line.  I was in Boston on business and had some free time to explore.  I randomly got out of a subway stop and there it was, the finish line to the Boston Marathon.  The race was not going on, but I guess they leave it there painted on the street year round.  Like I said, I’d never even considered running a marathon, but I knew about Boston and seeing the finish line gave me a sense of respect, awe, and history.  I knew that people worldwide focus on that exact spot once a year.  I knew people worldwide strive to be at that spot once in their life.  And I was standing in it’s presence.  Like many tragedies, there’s  no way I could predict what would happen at that exact spot so many years later.

At Fenway Pahk watchin tha Red Sahx play the wicked Yankees.

At Fenway Pahk watchin tha Red Sahx play the wicked Yankees.

I used to go to Boston about once a month for work. And. I. Loved. It.  I love the food, the people, the accent, the history, the sights, everything.  I always added a free day or two to my trip so I could explore the city.  I still consider Boston one of my 2nd home cities.  Combine that with my love of running, you can imagine how the Boston Marathon bombing hit close to home for me.

I don’t have to get into how horrible the event was and is.  I’d rather focus on the good.  Like how people post on social media the Mr. Rogers quote about focusing on how there are always people helping the injured.  Like how Patton Oswalt posted about there will always be more good people than bad people.  Like the reports of finishers running to the hospital to donate blood.  Like how the message of peace on the sign held in the picture of the little boy who was killed, Martin Richard, will reach so many people.  Like how within seconds, first responders and civilians alike were running toward the travesty to help strangers in need.  Like how instead of scaring people, this event inspired so many across the country get out and run and remember.

I for one have never wanted to run more than I do right now.  I have never wanted to run the Boston Marathon than I do now.  I signed up for the Dopey Challenge at Disney last week – that’s 4 straight days of racing – 5k, 10k, 1/2, & full marathon.  I was kind of intimidated by it, but now I’m inspired to run it.  I’ll run it with Boston on my mind.  Like I said, I’ve never wanted to run more than I do now.  Stephen Colbert had a funny quote:

“Here’s what these cowards really don’t get: they attacked the Boston Marathon, an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw — for fun.”

It’s true.  People don’t run marathons cause they’re easy.  People who run marathons aren’t weak.  Regardless of what you think about politics, I thought President Obama gave a great speech at the interfaith service in Boston a few days after the attack.  As a runner and American, I liked how he compared America to marathoners.  How we always push through, even when times are tough.  How we always know that around the next bend, there will always be others there to support us.  How we will always finish the race!

On a personal note, I had two friends running this race.  One was already long finished.  But the other was within half a mile of the finish when the bombs went off.  We didn’t hear that she was safe for hours, so that was a stressful time let me tell you.  But we were lucky, both our friends are safe.  So thankful for that.

But like I said, I’ve spent lots of time in Beantown.  I know the people.  I know how tough they are.  I’ve also spent some time in NYC.  I know how tough that city is.  When I was at ground zero last summer, I saw firsthand how they have picked themselves up and gotten stronger since 9/11.  I know Boston will do the same.

Whatever your personal race is, get out and do it.  Whether it’s running or something in life…no person, no excuse, no situation can stop you.  Go do it!

“No more hurting people.  Peace.” – Martin Richard

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